Data Science as a Field (Coursera)

Data Science as a Field (Coursera)
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Data Science as a Field (Coursera)
This course provides a general introduction to the field of Data Science. It has been designed for aspiring data scientists, content experts who work with data scientists, or anyone interested in learning about what Data Science is and what it’s used for. Weekly topics include an overview of the skills needed to be a data scientist; the process and pitfalls involved in data science; and the practice of data science in the professional and academic world. This course is part of CU Boulder’s Master’s of Science in Data Science and was collaboratively designed by both academics and industry professionals to provide learners with an insider’s perspective on this exciting, evolving, and increasingly vital discipline.

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Data Science as a Field can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Data Science (MS-DS) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The MS-DS is an interdisciplinary degree that brings together faculty from CU Boulder’s departments of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Science, and others. With performance-based admissions and no application process, the MS-DS is ideal for individuals with a broad range of undergraduate education and/or professional experience in computer science, information science, mathematics, and statistics.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

- By taking this course, you will be able explain what data science is and identify the key disciplines involved.​

- You will be able to use the steps of the data science process to create a reproducible data analysis and identify personal biases.​

- You will be able to identify interesting data science applications, locate jobs in Data Science, and begin developing a professional network.​


Course 1 of 4 in the Vital Skills for Data Science Specialization


Syllabus


WEEK 1

Introduction to Data Science: the Past, Present, and Future of a New Discipline

This week we will talk about the past, present and future of data science. The growth of data science has been fueled by the growth of the internet, social media and online shopping as well as by the rapid increases in data storage capabilities. You will watch several short videos and participate in discussions about the future of data science.


WEEK 2

Data Science in Industry, Government, and Academia

This week you will watch videos and have a reading on some applications of data science in industry and academia. You will hear from data scientists in different fields to find out how they use data science.


WEEK 3

Data Science Process and Pitfalls

This week you will learn about the importance of reproducibility and how to achieve it, learn the steps in a data analysis process and learn about the possible pitfalls in data science. You will watch demonstrating the various steps in the data science process and try out these processes for yourself on a different dataset.


WEEK 4

Communicating Your Results

This week you will learn about important ways of communicating your results. We will discuss the important things to know about presentations and reports. You will also learn about the importance of networking and try it out.



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67.00 EUR/month
Knowledge of R required and knowledge of tidyverse is helpful.

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